Visit France's Most Beautiful Village, Gassin, in the south of France.
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Escape to the Most Beautiful Village of Gassin

Are you wanting to escape to a quiet village, but still be very close to a popular beach destination in the south of France? Then you need to consider the beautiful village of Gassin. This scenic village is situated in the middle of the Saint Tropez peninsula, perched high up on a rock, and is less than 4 km from the sea and 8 km to Saint-Tropez. It showcases old winding streets and ancient houses brimming with beautiful flowers. It’s the panoramic views that make this place incredibly special. Let me share the top things to do in Gassin France.

Gassin is known for its panoramic views

pink sunset against green mountain and valley

From this rocky summit, at an altitude of 200 metres, you will have magnificent views of the coastline of the Gulf of St. Tropez, including the towns of La Croix, Valmer, Grimaud, St. Maxime and Les Issambres. In the other direction, you will have views of Iles D’Or over to the Maures mountains and all the way to the snowy peaks of the Alps. 

yellow sunset sky with green mountain

When you immediately arrive to the village you have leave your car in the village’s parking lot as this is a walkable village only. It is here you will find the magnificent sea views from the lookout point. It’s the best spot to watch the mesmerizing sunrise and sunsets. 

sunrise sky mix of colours of blue yellow and pink with town in valley

Along the terraced wall, the Promenade Dei Barri, is where you will find the best restaurants in Gassin, all of which have large outdoor terraces to look out onto those beautiful panoramic views.

Gassin is known as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

stone village wall with cobblestone street with view to water

Gassin is known as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, or the Most Beautiful Village in France. There are about 150 villages that hold this prestigious title, and Gassin is deservedly one of those. To be considered Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, the village needs to be a maximum population size of 2,000 inhabitants and have at least 2 monuments of historical significance, and yes of course, be beautiful. 

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Top things to do in Gassin

yellow building with mint green shutters and terra cotta roof

Gassin became a fortified village at the end of the 15th century, but experienced most of its development in the second half of the 19th century when it more than doubled in size.

The key monuments and points of interest in Gassin that are a must-see are:

  • the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption chapel, built at the end of the 11th century (rebuilt in 16th century), houses statues of the Madonna and Child and Christ (17th century) and an 18th century bell
  • the Town Hall of Gassin, built in 1584
  • the Romanesque chapel of Our Lady of Consolation is in the midst of a wooded area, served as parish until the mid-16th century
  • the oldest art gallery in the area, Galerie deï Barri
  • a botanical garden, L’Hardy-Denonain, showcases plants native to Provence, as well as black Lilies
  • the smallest street in the world, the Androuno, measures only 29 centimeters wide at its narrowest level
Tiny cobblestone street with pale yellow building adjacent
L'Androuno, the smallest street in the world
ancient yellow building with pink flowers hanging from windowsill
Measuring at only 29 cm wide

The streets in Gassin

As up start to wander, you will notice that the names of the streets are symbols that reflect the history of this village. The Passage of the Watchtower, the door of Saracens, the Rue du Fort, the Passage of the Knights Templar are all references to village’s past. Meander through the maze of the winding streets, knowing you can never really get lost. Only if you count getting lost in its sheer beauty. 

ancient stone building with curved wall with vines growing up alongside
yellow building with blue door

The ancient homes in Gassin

Gassin is just one of those hilltop villages in France that you daydream about living there one day. It’s a village where more locals live, than tourists can stay.  

Most of the historic buildings are built in serpentine or basalt from the local quarries. As well from the doors to the shutters, or even the stucco buildings – it’s a kaleidoscope of pretty pastel colours. Creamy whites, pale yellows, and soft pinks, oranges and blues all blended together. 

stone house with white shutters and flowers
stone house with yellow shutters

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Popular day trips from Gassin

Gassin is located in the Var department of France in the beautiful Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. With so many beautiful places close by, there are endless  day trip options. Here are the top places to visit to visit near Gassin: 

  • La Croix Valmer – known for its 7 beautiful beaches (4km or 10 minute drive)
  • Saint Tropez – known as lively resort town famous for its beaches, shopping and nightlife (8-km or 15 minute drive)
  • Ramatuelle – known for offering beautiful vista views of  Bay of Pampelonne (8-km or 12 minute drive)
  • Grimaud – a perched hilltop village with a castle extends down to the seaside village of Port Grimaud or “French Venice” or “Mini Venice” as it was intentionally built to look just like Venice (11-km or 20 minute drive)
  • Sainte Maxime – known for its port, promenade and beaches (14-km or 25 minute drive)

Where to stay in Gassin

With so few hotels in Gassin, renting an apartment or Airbnb is best option. Click here to start your search. Here is my recommended stay, La Suite de la Maison du Village.

Perfect for a solo or a couple’s stay, this modern loft is absolutely perfect. The industrial-styled apartment sits above an interior design shop. Some of those cool pieces for sale are showcased throughout this small space. Aside from the décor being magazine worthy, it’s the views from the balcony that truly make this the place to stay when in Gassin. Click here to book your stay. 

As a holidaymaker…

Gassin definitely earns its title of one of the most beautiful villages in France. This under the radar village is a perfect weekend getaway destination. It won’t take long to explore the top sites, but well worth staying for a couple of days to explore the nearby popular popular towns.  

stone village with flowers
stone building with flowers

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51 Comments

  • Subhashish Roy

    Gassin looks such a stunning village to visit. Being near the sea always gives me so much of pleasure. What I love is the secluded serene look of the village. The smallest street L’Androuno looks so cute.

  • Parnashree Devi

    Gassin is exactly the place where I would love to spend a few nights. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. The walking alleyways are just stunning. The jaw-dropping panoramic views just add extra charm to the place. This is an ideal place for peace-loving travelers.

  • Lisa

    Gassin deserves every accolade! It reminds me so much of the villages and houses we have here in Umbria and Tuscany. So rustic, authentic and definitely somewhere I’d love to visit. Also a beautiful region of France!

  • Jamie

    The panoramic views from Gassin are so inspiring and beautiful. It’s a beautifully idyllic location that is close to some famous sites – like Saint Tropez; a little paradise tucked away in the French countryside!

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    I love the idea of spending some time in a small village in France like Gassin. The views would mesmerize me every day! I can see why it is part of the group of “Most Beautiful Villages” in France. Wandering the cobblestone streets would offer so many treats.

  • Natascha

    Gassin looks so charming and I would love to stay there for a few days. It seems a perfect place to soak in the atmosphere of a small French village. You were also lucky with the apartment, it looks lovely!

  • Sherianne

    Gassin looks amazing! I love that it is a walkable city and there is a parking lot right away, the viewpoint is an added perk. Your images are gorgeous, show why this is the most beautiful city in France. Love the loft you stayed in too. Bookmarking!

  • Tami

    I’ve been to a few of the most beautiful villages of France and wish I could visit them all! Gassin looks lovely, especially with its views of both mountains and sea. Just love that super narrow street! I would enjoy strolling the streets of Gassin and absorbing the history and ambience.

  • Barry

    That loft accomodation looks fabulous – just the style I love and I would feel very at home there. The pictures are great – love those with the tumbling wisteria and plants. It all looks very well maintained. How did you find prices for food etc, being near St Tropez, was it at all expensive? The shuttered windows on the houses are so atmospheric. Is Gassin asocciated with lavender or is that another similar sounding place?

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Gassin is not known for lavender. This village may be found on the pricey side, but it’s worth the splurge.

  • End

    Oh my gosh it’s so picturesque, I love the older buildings with the colorful shutters. What a great place to just spend some time walking around. And those views are incredible. I love exploring small towns and villages

  • Riana Ang-Canning

    Wow, what a gorgeous village! Can definitely tell why it deserves its title as most beautiful village in France. I love those old homes with the flowers and greenery growing on the sides. And that sunrise view is magical!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      It’s beauty can never be really captured through a camer lens, it’s undeniable one of he most pretty villages I’ve visited.

  • Alison

    France’s most beautiful villages are so unique and tranquil. As you discovered, Gassin seems like the perfect getaway but not too far from some action if you are looking for it ( the beach!)). Will have to remember that wonderful place you stayed with the view. Sounds like one of France’s “not to be missed” towns.

  • Erica

    There is something so innately magical about the south of France. I´ve never heard of Gassin before, but these photos make it look absolutely stunning. It´s one of my favourite corners of Europe and there are so many hidden gems for a romantic and independent escape.

  • Chris Behrsin

    I lived in this part of the world for a while, but somehow I never came across Gassin. And now I read your post about it, I really want to weave my way through that tiny street and explore those historical sites. A fantastic post, thanks for sharing.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you so much Chris, I am glad it inspired you to perhaps check it out in the future. When you are next in Saint Tropez area, it would be a quick detour, trust me.

  • The Travel Bunny

    Might go t the South of France at the end of April (or, worst case scenario — if there can be a worst case scenario when talking about the South of France– in summer). I’ll keep this in mind for when we go exploring 🙂

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Great, I am glad it inspired you to put it on your list. I have other posts about the south of France if you are interested in checking them out. Happy travels!

  • Punita Malhotra

    Pretty as a picture! We visited some of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France and each of them was a dream. The views are heavenly, aren’t they? Must be peaceful with just 2000 residents.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Yes, it is. We visited many Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, and this was one of our favourites in this area. The views were wonderful, some of the best sunsets and sunrises. Thanks for reading the post!

  • Darah

    Gassin seems like such a tranquil and lovely village. I could also meander those beautiful streets and appreciate the antique doors. All the history this little village has to offer seems like a nice surprise. Thanks for pointing out the significant places; there are many and they’re so old! The view from your loft is so pretty as well. What a great trip this must have been.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Yes, indeed it is. I am glad you liked it and hope it inspired your future travel plans.

  • Michael Hodgson

    So many amazingly picturesque villages in France, like Gassin, just waiting to be explored. I love your photos of the doors! Sharing this post with Therese who loves spending time in various places in France for intensitve French courses … this might be a fun place for her to immerse.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you so much for your kind compliments Michael. Indeed it would be the perfect place to immerse yourself. It is indeed very quiet, so it was perfect for a night or two.

  • Cynthia

    It looks so picturesque and sounds like a wonderful place for a peaceful retreat. I’d love to see the botanical garden and the black lilies!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      It was indeed Cynthia, it was a peaceful retreat. The botanical garden was lovely to see.

    • Puloma Bhattacharya

      Gassin, is truly a wonderful place with it’s panoramic views of meandering lanes and historic buildings.The smallest street in the world, L’Andruono is truly magical in away how it takes us back in time.

  • Christina

    Gassing looks like a page/scene from Beauty and the Beast!!! I can see why it is the most beautiful village in France. I love the cobblestone buildings and street – it so cute! And wow those views are incredible. I will keep this in mind for our second trip back to France as we want to explore more cities in the countryside of France.

  • Tom

    I’m afraid that being 4km or so from the sea will put many people off from visiting, but that seems a good distance to escape the seaside-seeking crowds. I love Euro stone villages, and I bet most anyone does. Staying in an apartment as you did has huge advantages, mainly things like a fridge and the ability to hit the local markets and prepare the food on your own. I like your mentality of getting just a bit away from the hot spots.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      This is ideal for someone who wants to stay in a small, quiet, picturesque village, with only a 5 – 10 minute drive to some of those famous Saint Tropez beaches. Thanks for commenting.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks so much Julia! I am glad that the post inspired you to add Gassin as a future destination. Let me know if I can help with any future planning.

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